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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the proposals from the Boundary Commission for Merseyside.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has not yet begun its review of the electoral arrangements for the county of Merseyside. I therefore cannot say when I am likely to receive its final proposals. I hope that the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England will have completed the task of reviewing constituencies, including those in Merseyside, by the end of 1981.